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Re: [TCML] first light!

Congratulations on the coil Thomas! First sparks of a new coil is always fun, especially if they are the real first sparks of coiling. At the Teslathon in Cambridge, I think you'll get a sorts of ideas/help to bring the coil into it's maximum potential. I see you put good use to cutting boards (I love those things!). You do have wire all over the place with a pretty hefty length of off axis inductance and a tidy coil really helps prevent problems. It would be good to build a box to mount all the components into. You could also cover the box in the counter-poise wire and let the box serve as RF ground.

Anyway, congrats! Hope you have a great time at the Teslathon.

Thomas Ryckmans wrote:

Finished my coil today - finally. Just gave it a rapid try -I will bring it
to the Cambridge (UK) teslathon tomorrow and tune it there. Anyway IT

secondary in 10.4 cm/4 inches diameter, 1200 turns, fed by a 6000V/30mA NST

I got some sparks about a feet long - I did not expect to see them float
around and move the way they do - this is the first time I've seen a TC in
action face-to-face.

Next things to do is to build a RSG, put the Terry filter and the MMC in a
better looking box, and move to a new home so I can get a real RF ground.
The chicken wire counterpoise looks very cheap.

The fishes in the fish tank still look okay - maybe they'll turn into
electric eels later.

many thanks to all for your help and patience, especially BartB for detailed
explanations, DC Cox, Gary Lau (though he did not like my liquid primary
idea!), Chris for cutting PPE disks on his lathe and all the others. Special
thanks to Chip for maintaining the list. Guys, your dedication and kindness
is making this list work. Ah, and your extensive knowledge too.

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